OPEN VISION – 2-28-15

While praying in the Spirit before falling to sleep, I had an open vision concerning this time and season, as well as our coming together in HIM.

Scene One:

I saw a pan full of stones, all shapes, sizes and colors. Upon first glance it was just a pan full of stones; but then the pan began to gently shake and the stones moved into place. There was no certain configuration or pattern as they came together in this time.

Scene Two:

I saw what looked like trees on a flat piece of property. As I was praying I saw them begin to move closer together. Then more trees from all around the area began to move toward the cluster. It was then that a strong wind blew against the trees and because they were strong, they were not destroyed. Then it seemed as though I was looking down from above at the cluster of trees and it appeared the they had become a dense forest. As the wind continued to blow it could only move the top of the trees.

By Julia Higginbotham

Note: A dear brother and friend of mine once said, “A bundle of crooked sticks is stronger than one straight stick.” Bob Terrell

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The Measure of the Man

Note: The answers to the following questions are a good measure of the man.

“Sonship is our destiny and our inheritance is wrapped up in discovery” blh

1). What is Holy Spirit saying to you today?

2). If you were free and at liberty to live your life any way you wanted, how would you choose to live the life you’ve been given?

3). Will the witness of your life be worth the blood that was shed on that day?

4). At the end of the day, when you draw your last breath, who will be standing by to take up the torch in your stead?

Note: If we are not able to clearly answer the first two questions, the answers to the last two questions will be unclear. And that should serve to help us determine where we are in the process of spiritual growth and development or the making of the man.

Note: The answers to these questions will also help us to better determine the level of care and degree of oversight that is needed to help others lay hold of their destiny and come into their inheritance as sons.  

“It is the responsibility of every son, in every generation, to catch and embrace the heart and Spirit of the Father in their lifetime”

The Making of A Man

“It is the responsibility of every son, in every generation, to catch and embrace the heart and Spirit of the Father in their lifetime”

  •  There are six stages of growth and development

 1. Brephos – an unborn or new born 

  1. Nephos- an infant, little child 
  1. Paidon- a young half grown child 
  1. Teknon- a adolescent, young person

5. Huios- a young adult, mature son

6.  Pater- a father

Galatians 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

SON – hyios (huios) – properly, a son (by birth or adoption); (figuratively) anyone sharing the same nature as their Father. For the believer, becoming a son of GOD begins with being reborn (adopted) by the Heavenly Father – through Christ (the work of the eternal Son). In the N.T. hyios (“son”) equally refers to female believers.

 Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

 “The cycle of discipleship is not complete until the discipled becomes the discipler”

 Note: The pat-ayr’ [pater] is no more or less a son than a brephos, but an unborn baby is still being formed in his mother’s womb. If the matrix in which he is being formed is the family and local work, then it needs to be safe and secure place for him to grow and develop. Even a brephos can distinguish the sound of the voice of his mom and dad when they enter the room. It has been proven that he responds to the sound of his parent’s voice even in the earliest stages of life. That being said, even though he responds to the sound of their voices, he does not fully comprehend what they are saying. It is only when he is kicking to get out of the matrix of the womb, that he will take his first independent breath of life. He will need both his mother, father and family to help him learn, grow and become all that he can be. Learning to hear and obey the voice of the Father should be a big part of his training and upbringing. Praying and studying the bible does not teach us to hear. Learning and responding to the heart of the Father in His SONS is how we grow in the grace and knowledge of the truth.

 “Sonship is our destiny and our inheritance is wrapped up in discovery”

Dream – Concerning a coming storm – 9-2-14

I had a dream this morning that we were in a house at the beginning of a time of fellowship when my cell phone rang. The phone call was from a friend warning me that a large storm was coming in our direction. No sooner than I received the report, the darkest and most ominous cloud that I have ever seen, began to roll over the place where we were assembled. There was no time for anything but praying in the Spirit and rebuking the destructive forces in this storm. We released the Angels assigned to this house empowered by the word of the Spirit to turn this storm and minimize the destruction that it was bringing. Just prior to waking up, we were assessing the damage and discovered that it was indeed minimal; but the it was still pretty bad. Not sure that anything around us was still standing.
Note: We don’t have cable or sat TV anymore, so we are unable to get the local news and weather. Not really sure what is going on with all of this; but it is worthy of consideration and investigation.
Note: Update. I just listened to coasttocoastam radio and a very large storm front with massive tornadoes have blown through the St. Louis area. The Ferguson, MO area has been in upheaval for weeks.
We are praying for clarity and understanding. We encourage you to do the same. Have a backup plan in the event that this dream was a pre-warning of what is coming with the next 24 to 48 hours. The farmers almanac is already predicting another hard winter. Consider this a heads up.

How To Conquer the Porn Epidemic in the Church

As sobering and mind-boggling as this report is, I found myself questioning it from the perspective of being a man, son & father.

It appears that it is suggesting that porn is less of a spiritual and moral issue and more of a brain chemistry issue, and that it should be dealt with in much the same way you would deal with any other addictions or psychological problems. That being said, I am not sure that this approach will work in a society and culture that is riddled with sexual dysfunction and confusion. Counseling and a support groups may help for a season, but I believe that this issue speaks to a much deeper spiritual issue that has somehow been disregarded. The real issue as I see it is that the religion of christianity and church attendance has taken the place of real and living relationships with both Yahweh and other men. To be honest with you, I am not sure what percentage of these men have been born-again or filled with the Spirit, and I am not sure whether they have any brothers and friends who can speak to how-to avoid going down this path. I am not sure they understand the reality of a transformed mind, or the ongoing work of Holy Spirit. The truth is, we all are exposed to sensual and pornographic images on a daily, weekly & monthly basis. In the long run, it will be up to us to make a conscious decision to try to lessen and avoid our exposure, and be there for one another whenever we have an opportunity to openly table this issue with one another. Things usually do not become epidemics without exposure and contact. We need to connect the dots and help one another conquer the demon of porn.

Read the entire article:

http://www.charismamag.com/life/men/20697-how-to-conquer-the-porn-epidemic-in-the-church

 

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a three step process.

1). Forgive yourself.

 Note: No matter what has happened you must be able to forgive yourself.

2). Forgive what happened.

Note: No matter what happened you must for the act, event, situation or circumstance

3). Forgive the offender or perpetrator.

 Note: It may take some time or a lifetime; but if you do not go through the process of receiving forgiveness and forgiving, you will carry a heavy burden that will keep the offence and offender imprisoned in your heart.

 Note: Three things that you must do in order to be able to receive forgiveness be forgiving

Remember that if any of us got what we deserved, we would be eternally separated from the love and presence of Yahweh. (HELL)

You must receive the full embrace of the Fathers love and forgiveness.

You must forgive in a way that reflects the reality that you truly understand what it means to be forgiven.

Where Are You?

I have come to understand that it is not enough to simply be born-again by the Spirit. The truth is, our spirits are regenerated, our souls are being renewed and our bodies are becoming a living sacrifice.

Many people have prayed the sinner’s prayer and accepted Jesus as Savior who continue to live their lives out of their souls or the carnal dictates of the flesh.

My concern is, what will happen when they wake up at the end of the day and discover that most of their life has been lived around the need for provision, protection and recognition?

(In Messiah Yahshua) 

2 Corinthians 13:5-6 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Yahshua Messiah is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. ESV

2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. ESV

> My understanding is established in the Eternal Now.

> My Theology is Kingdom

> My Doctrine is the practical application thereof.

Note: It is important to know where you are in relationship to where you are going.

“You can’t move forward looking back” blh

Understanding the trichotomy of man  

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 – Now may the Elohim of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Sovereign Yahshua Messiah. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. ESV

The tripartite man – Spirit , Soul & Body

“We are a spirit being, we have a soul and we live in a body”

Spirit – Life or Breath of Yahweh

Note: The spirit of man is the part that is most like Yahweh. The son in him responds to the voice and word of the Spirit.

Titus 3:1-7 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of Elohim our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Yahshua Messiah our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Soul – Mind, Will & Emotions

Note: The soul of man is what gives us individual identity. The orphan in him reacts to his environment and outside influences.

Colossians 1:21-22 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, ESV

Body – Temple, Earth tuxedo, Vehicle

Note: The body is the part that gives us mobility, sensory perception and human experiences. The body is subject to both the spirit and the soul of man.

Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of Yahweh, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Yahweh, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of Yahweh, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ESV

Live, Finish & Fulfill

What is the Word of the Spirit for your life?

“You will live, finish strong and fulfill the practical will and purpose of Yahweh for your life.”

If we continue to hear and obey the voice of the Spirit, this will most assuredly become a part of our testimony and destiny.

“Making shipwreck is easy. Staying the course takes skill.”

When your life is on the line, no amount of pre-kingdom prayer is going to help you, and you will need the word of the Spirit for your life if you are going to finish strong.

“Yahshua did not pray for the sick, He healed them.”

Note: Yahshua knew the word of the Spirit for the lives of those whom He encountered. He spoke the word of the Spirit to them in obedience, but it was their faith that empowered the word to heal, deliver and set them free.

Faith is NOW. It is never found in the past or future. When your faith agrees with the Word of the Spirit for your life, you will have what you say NOW. In other words, the reason that you are not seeing any significant change in your life right NOW is because the provision, solution and answers for which you seek are trapped in the past, or they are waiting for you in the future you are creating.

Note: Yahshua instructed His disciples to go out preaching the Kingdom. He did not tell them to pass out tracts, protest or invite people to church.

Matthew 10:7-8 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. NKJV

Luke 9:1-2 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. NKJV

Luke 10:8-12 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.  And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’  But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city. NKJV

Conclusion: Everywhere we go our lives should testify and bear witness to the Kingdom of Yahweh. We should be healing the sick, cleansing lepers, raising the dead and casting out devils where necessary. Making a difference should not be optional. Changing the worlds in which we live, should be our reason for living.

Burning, Coming & Flowing Back Into HIM!

By Blake Higginbotham –  Saturday 3-1-08

I had a vivid prophetic dream that I need to share with you so that you will know how to pray and better identify the battle that we are facing in the ongoing work of the ministry.

I was standing on top of a hill, looking out over a valley when fires began breaking out all over the region. Whenever I would stretch out my hand and point in a particular direction another fire would blaze up and begin to burn. As I waved my hand and pointed, fires began to blaze up as far as my eyes could see.

The next part of the dream involved a large arena in a fairground type setting. There were people there that I knew and recognized, and there were people with whom I was not acquainted. There were people waiting and people coming from all over the region to some kind of gathering with which I had a part.

The only problem that I seemed to be having in getting there on time was resistance by means of distraction and barriers of hindrance being thrown in my way and it appeared like I was going to be 30 or 40 minutes late to the gathering. Now, you know how much it means for us to be in the right place at the right time and you also know what it could mean to be late. It was then that I woke up and clearly remembered the dream as I recounted both parts. I have been saying for some time that we need to be prepared and aligned for what is coming, and that we are going to be a part of one of the greatest moves of the Spirit that this world has ever seen.

However, we are still facing many hindrances and obstacles that must be dealt with in order to recognize what Yahweh is assembling and come together at a set apart time and in the place of His choosing.

I am asking you to pray for all of us so that we will not miss out or be late to anything that Yahweh is putting together. Julia and I are trying to offload, put down or cut off whatever we must, in order to be a part of what Yahweh is doing in the Earth.


I awoke this morning (1/15) contemplating some things that I have been seeing and hearing for some time now. The above dream was what I was seeing and hearing at the time, and it has taken me over four years to begin to understand what Yahweh is doing in respect to the fires that were breaking out. The fires are now roaring toward one another as they burn together to become one giant bonfire. The heat and sound that is coming from the fire is almost too much to endure, and everyone who is seeing and hearing it realizes that they are most certainly going to be consumed in this hour. No amount of wind and rain can put this fire out and we are now facing the choice of running and jumping headlong into the fire or we may find ourselves running away from the fire in Holy Terror. One thing you need to accept is there will be those who will follow us into the fire and there are those who will simply come to watch us burn.

I for one have chosen to be burn and be consumed by Yahweh as all remaining combustible material is burned up by His Holy Fire. Let it burn!


1 Corinthians 13: 9-15 For we are Yahweh’s fellow workers; you are Yahweh’s field, you are Yahweh’s building. 10According to the grace of Yahweh which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.11For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Yahshua Messiah. 12Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,13each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.14If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.15If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.


Something else that I have been seeing and hearing has to do with a prophetic similitude that we are like a rib that was taken out of the last man Adam. An incision was made on the impaling post and the blood and water flowed out of Yahshua’s side the closest thing to His heart. His covenant seed flowed out of His side on that day; but we have lived and grew up in Babylon. We have all drunk of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; but by Yahweh’s grace we have not perished. Yahweh by His Spirit took us and made bride for His Son and now we are coming back into Him. Once we fully come back into Him, He will stand up and we will be in Him. Messiah has been formed in us and we have become the glory bringing hope; but we must choose to come back into Him where we will become one, and know and we are known. The day of individual mandates and expressions are over for some of us. The time has come for us to count everything loss for the Excellency of the knowledge of Him.

Philippians 3:7-11 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Messiah.8Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Messiah Yahshua my Sovereign, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Messiah 9and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Messiah, the righteousness which is from Messiah by faith;10that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.


Holy Spirit is also speaking to me about the tributaries that have flowed away from Him, and how they are now drying up in order to cause us to flow back into Him. In the natural tributaries fill with the run-off water and flow into the river that in turn flows down to the ocean. The opposite is true in the Spirit. We were born out of the flow of the river of life, and from there we formed tributaries that flowed away from Him. We have constructed man-made ravines and canals and have tried to divert the river of life into them. The time has come for us to get in our little john-boats and paddle our way back to the river where we will swim upstream back into the Father’s heart.

It will be like the migration of salmon that use all of their remaining life to swim against the flow in order to arrive at the spawning beds, where they lay their eggs for fertilization. Once their eggs have been laid and fertilized, they will die and give their lives for the next generation of Salmon. For some of us it is no longer about individual mandates or expressions and we are now giving the rest of our lives to the next generation.

If you can hear it, everybody is not hearing the same sound, voice or frequency, and it will take time for us to come together in Him. On the other hand, if where you are is hot, dry and unproductive, you may want to consider how all these dreams and visions fit into where you presently find yourself.

Like Father, Like Son – Pt 1

By Blake Higginbotham

There are tons of books and expose’s being published in these hours that were written to help us explore and plummet the depths of the human psyche. Some of them possess keys to helping us understand what makes us who we are because of genetic predispositions, and others help us access the damage caused by our upbringing or environment. Whether you need to know and understand what makes you tic, or you need to take damage control in order to move on, it is my intent over the next few weeks to write to what I have experienced in life, and what I have come to understand about it.

That said, nothing that I can say, or that is written, will speak to all of the questions you should be asking, and they certainly will not contain all of the answers for which you seek. In some cases, you have to ask the right questions in order to arrive at the correct conclusion, in other cases you have to be able to deal in truth with your own heart in order to be made freer to cope with life as it comes. How you arrive at that conclusion will determine the details of your destiny, and you will discover that the best you can be is not enough in light of who you will become, as you embrace the reality of who you are in Him.

Now, I am not writing from a position of having a degree in psychology, nor do I embrace every theory out there; but I have learned a few things over the past 56 years. I hope to clearly communicate them with you in a way that will help you discover yourself in Him, and answer a great many of the questions that you may have concerning life in general.

Hebrews 2:1-10 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. (In other words, we need to listen to someone who has walked it out before us)2For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,3how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, (Every choice we make in life carries with it a good or bad consequence) which at the first began to be spoken by Yahshua, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4Yahweh also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts – (Merismos –a separation or distribution: dividing asunder, gift) of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? 5For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? (The answer to that question is; we are the expression of His person and His family in Earth, and we are a part of His divine will and purpose) 7You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. (This speaks of Yahweh’s original intent) 8You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. (Dominion is our destiny) But now we do not yet see all things put under him. 9But we see Yahshua,(The Pattern Son) who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of Yahweh, might taste death for everyone.(Some of you will not taste death, until you see the Kingdom or Yahweh coming in Power) (In Him, we live, move and have our being) 10For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, (This is Yahweh’s will and purpose) to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Yahshua was made perfect through sufferings and the sons will also drink of that cup)

If you can hear it, most of us are the product of our genetic predispositions and environments. A few of us have identified our family tendencies and personal traits and have developed our personalities and character beyond our upbringing. We can all be thankful for that! J It really does not matter where you are in the process; all that is important at this point is you are learning and adjusting as you walk things out for yourself. I, for one, believe that I have separated the best from the worse of my parents influence and impartation. However, much of whom I am today, without a doubt, came from my mother’s love for her firstborn son.

One of the greatest things that my mother imparted to me is the sincere desire to help people discover the best in themselves, while gently nudging them in the right direction. She was a great inspiration to me when it comes to life, talent and loving people; but the greatest thing that she ever imparted to me was loving people for who they are. She loved everybody the same, and tried to help them discover their innate abilities, and thereby lay hold of their purpose for living. She also, fashioned her love and care around the individual needs of the person, and did not give up on anyone to my knowledge.

Years after I left home, the maids (Nannies) that raised me and my siblings were still in my mother’s life at some level. By that time, they had introduced their children, and kept in touch with her down through the years. My mother outlived some of the people that her life touched, and though she is no longer with us in person, a part of her is living on in the way we live, love and communicate with others.

As I write this piece, I am reminded that Mother’s day is just around the corner, and my tribute to her in this article may serve to further her cause. Her cause lives on in me today because it truly represented the Father’s love expressed through a mother’s heart. She was a wonderful example of love and endurance beyond anything or anybody that I have encountered in life, and she was one of the greatest people that I have ever known. Thanks be to Yahweh for loving mothers.

My only regret is that it has taken me so long to really see it. L

(To Be Continued)